by Lisa A. Grimaldi | September 25, 2017
The Florida Keys will reopen to visitors on Sunday, Oct. 1, according to the Monroe County Tourism Development Council. The islands had been off-limits to tourists since a mandatory evacuation order was put in place five days before Hurricane Irma hit.  
 
A statement released by the CVB today said, "While Key Largo and Key West were least impacted by the Category 4 storm, not all lodging, including RV resorts and other tourism facilities throughout the Keys, are operating on a normal basis. Potential visitors should call ahead to ensure hotels and their favorite attractions are open. Some hotels are accommodating displaced residents under a Federal Emergency Management Agency program."
 
The organization revealed that Key West International Airport has reopened and commercial service has resumed, as has general aviation, while Florida Keys Marathon International Airport is processing general aviation and charter flights again. The Port of Key West has reopened to cruise ships.
 
The CVB announced that three major events -- Key Largo's Humphrey Bogart Film Festival, set for Oct. 18-22; Marathon's Stone Crab Eating Contest, scheduled Oct. 21; and Key West's Fantasy Fest, slated for Oct. 20-29 -- will take place as planned.
 
Tourism updates will continue to be posted at fla-keys.com, while recovery efforts are being chronicled at keysrecovery.org.